The Crisis and Referral Entry Service (CARES) monitors the admission process into the SASS program and authorizes a SASS screening. CARES is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. CARES will perform an acuity assessment for calls denoting a psychiatric crisis or asking for SASS services. If the acuity assessment determines a need for SASS services and the child/family meet the age and financial criteria, CARES will refer the call to a SASS provider for screening.
The following criteria will be applied to determine age and financial eligibility:
- Children under the age of 18 seeking public funding for psychiatric services through DHS
- Children and adolescents under the age of 21 enrolled in HFS’ medical programs, including All Kids
- Any person for whom DCFS has legal responsibility.